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Enforce standards no matter what

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ofentse masibiThe inspection of night clubs has always been part of the Fire Services and we need to do this properly to save lives and to implement the law.

Due the workload and in an attempt to balance social and work life I once went to a night club in town and I found it to be clean and all in order, but the fire standards according to the act was not being adhered to properly, placing many lives in danger. Legislation have changed, with government focused on poverty and job creation, but we as fire institute should still be implementing these standards and uphold the name of the EMS industry. Nightclubs is a big problem as it is a crowded building with little or no precautions in place should a fire break out, stampedes and deaths due to this is nothing new, which is why we should put our focus on this.

Early warning devices should be installed in clubs that can get people moving quickly, many a disaster was made worse by lack of intercom or proper communication system. Buildings in general should adhere to regulations and incidents like Tongaat is very upsetting and we shouldn’t be compromising on safety. When a hotel that caught fire recently it came out that it never met the fire standards but it was still being used irrespective of the concerns that were raised by fire service. This should be dealt with properly and not swept under the rug for the safety of the citizens of our country.


New SAESI Committees

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The new SAESI committees were announced at the SAESI AGM that was held on 24 July.

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SAESI awards

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By: Ilze Kubirske – Senior writer

Exco SAESI 2014The Southern African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Annual General Meeting took place on 24 and 25 July at the Indawo Game Lodge, Ermelo.

The master of the ceremonies, Dino Padayachee welcomed all Council members and guests at the AGM followed by a ceremony in paying tribute to fallen firefighters who passed away during the past year. After this ceremony the institute awarded several members with education awards as presented by the Chairperson of the Education Committee, Juggie Padayachee. During every AGM the institute present 30 and 40 year membership medals to several members.

This year was no exception and we congratulate the 11 members receiving their 30 year medals and JCW Roets on receiving his 40 years medal. Fellow membership was awarded to KP Khutlane from the Free State Branch.


Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 12:09

SAESI exam results

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Exam-ResultsThe recent SAESI examination took place in April 2014. The education committee members marked from 19 to 23 May 2014.

Due to the shortage of markers and moderators, extra, external markers and moderators were invited to assist the team, among them the deputy fire chief officer of Breede Valley Fire Service. Theo Botha was amazed by the amount of time that went into marking as they started from 8 to 6 daily to ensure that all papers were marked, moderated, and the data captured.

The number of students that had enrolled to write was 977, but unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control we had marked 852 answer books. The students that have written these examinations must be congratulated for their attempt and I am sure that through burning the midnight oil, they have succeeded. To those that were unsuccessful, I believe that failure is a stepping stone to success. So try again.

The following pass rate was achieved:

  • Fire technology 48%
  • Fire safety 18%
  • Fire engineering science 30%
  • Management 42%

These results are of concern to us, and it was clear that some students did not study at all. It is my humble request to take note of the email addresses below and seek the assistance from the persons in charge of subjects.

We would like to address a few problems that were encountered by the markers and invigilators namely:

  1. Students fail to fill in their examination number on every page of the answer book.
  2. Students fail to answer the questions as per numbering on the answer book.
  3. You can attempt any question you prefer but the answer must be in the correct numbering eg. if you answer question 6 first, write the answer in the answer book that is marked 6 and not 1.
  4. Read the rules on the answer book – very important.
  5. Write neat and tidy. Sloppiness and poor writing is no excuse. 
  6. A few examination irregularities have been reported. This will be dealt with in line with the rules and regulations of the examination.
  7. Students arrive late at exam centres. 
  8. Students must arrive with their confirmation letters with their original IDs. No drivers’ licences will be accepted.
  9. Once you have confirmed your centre, you must go to that centre, unless, due to acceptable reasons, special permission has been granted in advance by the chairperson.
  10. Students arrive with no pens, calculators, or other stationery. No borrowing will be allowed as this distracts students while writing.

The following emails listed below are for your assistance. No telephone calls will be entertained

  • Fire engineering science: D. Wilds This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • M. Ballim This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Fire safety P.Maharaj Prathied This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • P.Rudolph This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Fire management B.Senekal This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • P.Motolla This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Fire technology L.Reddy This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • M.Abrahams This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Behind the Scenes

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saesi 55 yearsSAESI will be celebrating 55 years of existence in 2014….. Or will we be celebrating?

One of the new staff members aptly commented that walking into head office was like walking into a museum.

There is nothing bad in remembering where we come from; in fact there is a barrage of sayings honouring our past in order to be better at our future.

However the contrary is also true when we refuse to change, to adapt or to open ourselves up to something beyond our knowledge, experience and comfort zone. As the saying goes ….. better the devil you know than the one you don’t! The only problem with this philosophy is that you inadvertently miss out on possibilities to cross paths with angels.

In all earnest though is 55 years of existence just a number? Does the fact that SAESI will be having its 30th Conference in 2015 even remotely amazing? I think so. 

In the dark of night when families are already asleep, or over weekends when picnics are enjoyed, while grandchildren tuck on the sleeve to come play with them, Office Bearers of the Institute voluntarily offer their time and energy to SAESI tasks.

Whether it is to prepare a report or to answer a request, to sign a certificate or simply reply to an email. It is for the love of the Institute and what it represents that we can say we are here for 55 years. And please note I do not say we have been here for 55 years, no we are proud to be here for 55 years. We are proud to work at presenting a 30th conference to showcase who we are and what we have achieved.

Very soon the institute will be having its Annual Council Meeting in July where the council will be presented with the Reports of the Presidency, Chairpersons of Standing Committees and Branches on what was done for the Institute with the Institute funds. This is an opportunity where we can consider whether we are on track or whether a different direction is required.

This is also the opportunity to cast electoral votes and swear in a new generation of Office Bearers that will help ensure the next 55 years of existence.


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